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Old 02-23-2015, 10:24 PM   #81
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There are three rates. One is for Canada ( another province visit ). Then there is World Wide ( excluding the U.S. ). And the top rate for insurance is World Wide ( including the U.S. ). For a visit to the U.S. you pay the highest rate and that is to cover the cost of hospitalization in the U.S. The greatest increase in premium occurs when you add U.S.
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Of course it would be highest before high medical costs are factored in simply because there would be far more Canadian visits with far more claims from those visits. No telling the effect of costs or what insurance companies are making when they have a sure thing whether claims or not. Insurance companies are known here for very high profits. Do Canadian insurance companies do extremely well? Despite high medical costs in the U.S.?
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I suggest that anyone interested in international comparison of health care costs (which determine travel insurance rates) might try a Google search for "medical cost comparison by country", and just read the first few hits. On the other hand, since the roads through Central and South America are quite challenging and it's prohibitively expensive for most people to ship their Escape across an ocean to travel with it on any other continent, it might not be very relevant to the discussion of retirement with an Escape - Canada, the U.S., and Mexico (or only one or two of those) are the extent of practical travel with our own RVs for most of us.

Also, any discussion of health care costs becomes a political discussion pretty quickly, and we don't do politics here, right?
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Also, any discussion of health care costs becomes a political discussion pretty quickly, and we don't do politics here, right?
Brian, you're correct we don't do politics here on the EscapeForum. But talking about insurance for travelers and if it's helpful to members... share. Just keep politics out of the discussion, please.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:12 PM   #85
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Of course it would be highest before high medical costs are factored in simply because there would be far more Canadian visits with far more claims from those visits. No telling the effect of costs or what insurance companies are making when they have a sure thing whether claims or not.
More visits and thus claims also mean more premiums. The premium per visit day will depend on the expenditure that the insurer is risking per visit day. This is true of medical or any other kind of insurance. For instance, in a bigger country there are more cars and thus more collisions, so the total cost of collision repair is higher, but the cost (and therefore insurance premium) per car doesn't need to be any higher.
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The U.S. is the most expensive place in the world, that I know of, to visit.
Do you mean 'that you've visited' Al? America doesn't even make the top 20 as far as most expensive countries to visit. Most expensive are Scandinavia, mainland Europe, and some Asian countries like Singapore.

With the US Dollar currently up and the Canadian Dollar down, you're going to find the US more expensive than historical norms, but its not even close to 'most expensive'.
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The number of Canadians who travel to the U.S. is not relevant. It's the cost of health care in the U.S. that determines the premium that the insurance company charges.
A certain number of people who are insured will have claims ( and that same number will have paid premiums ). If those claims are because they incurred the expense for health care in the U.S. the costs are higher, thus the premiums are higher.
And, insurance companies here are not noted for charity either.
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Not so big Al was referring to the cost of travel medical being the highest to be covered in the U.S.
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Millions of Canadians drive into the U.S. with their cars and motorhomes. Canadians going to Europe fly. Europe has a great public train system all over. Ours is very limited. Of course, there are buses both places.

While there are no doubt many Canadans who fly into a U.S. city and rent a car and many who do the same in Europe, I am supposing that a far higher percentage visiting the U.S. are driving themselves than are driving themselves in Europe due to excellent and fast European public transport. That fact alone would mean far more likely accidents that would necessitate medical care in the U.S. and of a critical nature in emergency rooms in many cases. Of course, I could be wrong on that. I don't know that the two places can be compared well as they are perhaps basically different situations.
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The insurance companies have no problem making comparisons. That's how they make their money. Assess risk and costs and then charge enough to cover that and return a profit.
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So far, I made the right choice.
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